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Himley are heading in the 'Wright' direction
11:52am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
HIMLEY skipper Greg Wright expressed his satisfaction despite his side finishing on the wrong end of a drawn contest with top of the table Shrewsbury in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
Set to chase a Shrewsbury target of 220-7, Himley responded with 204-7 in reply.
Wright said: “Shrewsbury beat us convincingly at their place earlier in the season but this performance shows we’ve come a long way since then.
“At one stage it looked as though Shrewsbury were going to score more than 250, but we pegged them back and kept in the game.
“We went for the runs in reply and kept going to the end, because there was no value in playing for a losing draw.”
Once again, Ed Foster underlined his credentials as the best batsman in the Birmingham League by scoring 86. while 19-year-old Himley off spinner Ryan Brown continues to impress when claiming 4-52 from 11 overs.
Himley lost early wickets in reply before West Indies overseas player Sergio Fedee scored 65 and together with 17-year-old Worcestershire academy player Jamie Harris, who struck 60, turned matters around.
Then 16-year-old Ollie Westbury helped push the score along with 28 until he was run out.
Wright added: “Shrewsbury are very experienced when it comes to defending a total. “We needed around 60 off the last eight overs but Shrewsbury used their spinners to good effect and pushed the field back.”
Himley host West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday at Stourbridge Road which coincides with a reunion lunch taking place to celebrate 25 years since Himley reached the National Village Knock-Out Final at Lords.
Later in the day, there will be a Carribbean Evening taking place in the clubhouse from 7.30pm with tickets available on the door for £6.
n Floodlit Twenty20 cricket returns to Himley later this month when four teams will battle it out over a week-long competition for a £1,000 cash prize.
Himley will take on rivals Stourbridge, Wolverhampton and Brewood from Monday, August 19 with the final taking place on Friday, August 23 at 6.30pm. Play commences at 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with two matches taking place.
On Thursday, Staffordshire Club Championship side will face the Worcestershire League XI.
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